Yemen deal off as Saleh fails to sign

May 1, 2011 - 16:14 AMT

A deal for Yemen's veteran leader to hand over power and end unrest
looks in doubt after President Ali Abdullah Saleh failed to sign it.

He had been expected to add his signature on April 30 after his
officials said the deal brokered by Gulf Arab states had been

Mr Saleh reportedly said he would only sign the agreement in his
capacity as head of the ruling party.

Opposition spokesmen insist he must sign as president.

The Gulf states' mediator, Abdul-Latif al-Zayyani, is now believed to
have left the capital, Sanaa, BBC reported.

From: A. Papazian